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Antonio Brown restructures deal to give Steelers more cap room


Antonio Brown is doing his part to help the Steelers cap situation.


The All-Pro wide receiver restructured his contract on Wednesday, a day after the Steelers franchise tagged running back Le’Veon Bell — who will earn $14.5 million next season — for the second straight season.


Brown posted a video on his Instagram story sitting across from his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who was explaining the restructuring of his contract.


Rosenhaus is heard telling Brown, “you’re taking your base salary for the season and you’re guaranteeing it.”


NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that Rosenhaus was restructuring the contract to make Brown’s base salary for 2018 — $7.86 million — into a bonus.

Antonio Brown is trying to make sure the Steelers have the cash they need to bulk up the roster.

(Ed Zurga/AP)


Brown followed up with a video of the two of them sharing a meal and some drinks at a restaurant to celebrate.


He joins defensive end Stephon Tuitt and offensive lineman David DeCastro among those on the Steelers to restructure their contracts.


The restructuring is important because it gives the Steelers more flexibility in free agency, which begins March 14.


The Steelers also have until July 16 to work out a long-term contract with Bell, who has threatened to sit out the season or retire if he is unable to reach a deal.

Le'Veon Bell gets the franchise tag from the Steelers, but makes clear he wants long-term deal.

Le’Veon Bell gets the franchise tag from the Steelers, but makes clear he wants long-term deal.

(Joe Sargent/Getty Images)


Bell sat out all of training camp and the preseason last summer after the Steelers franchise tagged him and did not complete a long-term deal.


The Steelers did manage to successfully sign Brown to a long-term deal last season, extending him on a five-year, $68 million contract.


He is coming off his fourth consecutive All-Pro season and led the league last year with 1,533 receiving yards. He also had 101 catches and nine touchdowns.


Bell, 26, had 1,946 all-purpose yards and 11 total touchdowns last season.

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